Morimoto Waikiki, Me and The Obamas

by Sarah on December 29, 2011

Well okay, not at the same time or anything, but color me surprised when I read that the President and First Lady dined at Morimoto Waikiki just mere days after my ladies and I got drunk had a lovely lunch on our last day in Hawaii.

Gosh, wouldn’t have been fun to have bumped into them?  “Well howdy-do Barry, Michelle… was your flight?  How long will you be here?  Who do you think it’ll be, Newt or Mitt?”  I might’ve even offered up a piece of my Wagyu carpaccio….but probably not the pineapple tempura–it sounded awesome on paper, served up with Iberico ham on top but it wasn’t as exciting as it sounded.

I wonder if he ordered the Ishi Yaki Buribap……the servers have to present it table side and our server said that Morimoto himself occasionally tails them to make sure they do it right.  Imagine having to do it with Eagle Eye Morimoto watching you while you stir up food for the President….Yeah, no pressure.  I would probably somehow flip rice into my face or into my shirt or *heaven forbid* onto Obama’s lap.

Hopefully they tried this scallop appetizer.  It was just gently steamed and had such a light flavor.  From what I understand, the Obama’s flew in and drove right over.  This seems like just the right dish after a long flight. Although I suppose flying to Hawaii aboard Airforce One is probably a little bit of a different experience than say, the one I had, on Alaska Airlines coach.

The dish on the right is one that is just MADE for the leader of the free world.  It’s Morimoto’s ten-hour braised pork belly sitting atop some soft and flavorful congee “Kakuni”-it’s called on the menu.  And ordered from the appetizer section to get that good congee on the bottom.  Barry, I do so hope you got some of that–it will cure what ails you, son.

We finished with this Chocolate Peanut Bombe–I sincerely hope someone at the Obama’s table had one of these.  Michelle?  Girlfriend, you would’ve loved this.  It was just the merest sliver of chocolate cake with a fluffy peanut butter fluff on top, and sidled up to it was this perfect quenelle of salted peanut ice cream that was just too die for.  That salty/sweet thing is my favorite!  I peg Michelle as a salty/sweet girl too.

Morimoto Waikiki

1775 Ala Moana Blvd  Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 943-5900


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